Qualification tests of ATAK PHASE-2 helicopter were successfully completed in December 2020.
The first flight of ATAK PHASE-2 helicopter was successfully carried out at TAI facilities in November 2019. The PHASE-2 version of T129 ATAK, equipped with a laser warning receiver and other electronic warfare systems, successfully performed its first flight in November 2019 and qualification tests were initiated. The first delivery of ATAK PHASE-2 helicopters is planned to be made in 2021.
Iraqi Defense Minister Jumaah Enad Saadoonn arrived in Ankara to hold official talks on December 28, 2020. During Saadoonn’s visit, he also visited the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) facilities and received information about the products. In the images shared by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense regarding the trip, it can be spotted that the ATAK Phase-2 helicopter is on the serial production line.
As part of the T129 ATAK project carried out by the Presidency of Defense Industries, 57 ATAK helicopters produced by the Turkish Aerospace Industry-TUSAŞ were delivered to the security forces. TAI delivered 51 ATAK helicopters to the Land Forces Command and 6 ATAK helicopters to the Gendarmerie General Command. 21 of the ATAK PHASE-2 configuration will be delivered at the first stage.
A total of 91 T129 ATAK helicopters will be delivered to the Turkish Land Forces and a total of 27 T129 ATAK helicopters to the Ministry of Interior.
Deliveries and ongoing development activities of the central control computers used in T129 Attack Helicopters are as follows:
Avionics Central Control Computer (ACCC)
Avionic Central Control Computer (ACCC) is a mission computer that enables the management of avionic systems from a single-center and reduces the workload by supporting the pilot with its advanced processing capability during the task.
ACCC interfaces and performance features can be easily scaled according to platform and application features, thanks to its modular hardware and software architecture. With its large memory infrastructure, high processing and performance capacity and interface variety, it enables the pilot to perform the task effectively.
The primary purpose of ACCC is the successful performance of the task. AMKB can operate under harsh environments of fixed and rotary wing platforms, through its reliable, durable design and advanced cooling and thermal management techniques.
With the flexible and scalable industry-standard open architectures and unique electronic design used in the design of the Avionics Central Control Computer, all kinds of user and platform requirements can be met.
ACCC Activities in ATAK Program
In the ATAK Program, the hardware and software of the Avionic Central Control Computer (ACCC) and the original development, integration, mass production, delivery and technical support activities of avionics and weapon systems are carried out by ASELSAN. In the project, system deliveries for one prototype Helicopter, 9 Early Delivery Helicopters, 29 ATAK Phase-1 Helicopters and 21 ATAK Phase-2 Helicopters were completed in March 2020.
Integrated Central Control Computer (ICCC)
ICCC is the central control computer of the aircraft. ICCC interfaces and performance characteristics are easily scaled to the platform/application needs with the help of modular hardware and software design.
Large memory capacity, high processing capability, multiple interface support, compact and rugged architecture enables the pilot to perform the mission accurately and efficiently.
In addition to the mission, graphics and weapon management software/hardware on ICCC, Digital Moving Map (DMAP) Electronic Unit and AVCI Helmet Integrated Cueing System (HICS) functionalities are also available internally.
Thanks to the flexible and scalable industry standard open architectures used in the design of the Integrated Central Control Computer and the original electronic cards designed by ASELSAN, additional capability and functionality requirements can be easily applied on ICCC
The Integrated Central Control Computer developed for ATAK Phase-2 Helicopter and the “First Flight Tests” as part of ATAK Phase-2 Helicopter qualification were conducted in November 2019.